- Police have shared two surveillance videos of the missing woman Lateche Norris and her boyfriend.
- The couple were seen in a 7-Eleven on November 4, five days before Norris was reported missing.
- Norris’ mother has launched a social media campaign to find her daughter.
The San Diego police released on Thursday two surveillance videos of the last time the missing 20-year-old Lateche Norris was seen in public, when she and her boyfriend visited a San Diego 7-Eleven on November 4.
Norris was reported missing by her family five days later. She had flown from Indiana to see her boyfriend, Joseph Smith, in San Diego on November 1.
Norris’ mother Cheryl Walker wrote in a Facebook post that she last spoke to her daughter on November 5, the day after the pair were seen in the store. Norris told her mother that she and Smith had an argument, Walker wrote.
Neither Norris nor Smith have been seen in public since. The police said on November 20 that they considered Norris “at risk,” but said there was no evidence that she has been the victim of a crime.
The police released the surveillance footage on Thursday with descriptions of both Norris and Smith.
The first of the videos shows Norris and Smith entering the store on 222 Park Boulevard, in downtown San Diego at around 11:25 p.m..
Norris walks in first, one hand in her pocket, while Smith appears to be gesturing and talking to someone outside from the doorway before following Norris in.
Footage from above the counter then shows Smith appear to ask a question to the store worker, with Norris seated nearby. The pair is then seen leaving.
Norris is wearing khaki pants and a hooded sweatshirt, and both she and Smith are wearing backpacks.
Norris’ father, Walter Omega Cullum, said Walker — Norris’ mother — was sent a purported ransom notes demanding $7,000 soon after Norris vanished, as Insider’s Rebecca Cohen reported.
Walker, who flew to San Diego on November 25 to search for Norris, has brought widespread attention to her daughter’s case through social media.
On Monday, Joseph Petito — the father of Gabby Petito — shared Norris’ missing-person flyer, urging people to help find her.
—joseph petito (@josephpetito) November 30, 2021